RPGaDay 2017, Day 31: What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018?

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RPGaDay is an annual celebration of tabletop roleplaying. This is the first year I’ve tried to do it.

What do you anticipate most for gaming in 2018?

I don’t really think that far ahead when it comes to gaming. I guess I look forward to playing more games, hopefully running more games, and trying something I’ve never tried before.

It’s a bit of a weak answer for the end of the month, but I’ve made it. My first RPGaDay and I got through it. Maybe I’ll do it again in 2018 too.

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RPGaDay 2017, Day 30: What is an RPG genre mashup you would most like to see?

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RPGaDay is an annual celebration of tabletop roleplaying. This is the first year I’ve tried to do it.

What is an RPG genre mashup you would most like to see?

I don’t understand the question. If it’s asking what genre I would like to adapted into an RPG, then I want something that can do wide-reaching ensemble drama shows with multiple intersecting storylines. Something like The Wire, Game of Thrones, Heroes, or The Expanse. Plus a bunch of other ones that I can’t recall right now. I think there are games out there that you could hack to do something similar (I’ve had thoughts around doing this with Microscope, for example), but there’s nothing I’m aware of that’s designed around the concept, and I think that could be cool.

RPGaDay 2017, Day 29: What has been the best-run RPG Kickstarter you have backed?

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RPGaDay is an annual celebration of tabletop roleplaying. This is the first year I’ve tried to do it.

What has been the best-run RPG Kickstarter you have backed?

I have backed exactly two RPG Kickstarters: Unknown Armies Third Edition and Cortex Prime. Both of these were run by Cam Banks, so there’s not really much difference between the two campaigns. They were both run really well, as far as I could tell. I’m already playing Unknown Armies Third Edition, and there are draft rules out for Cortex Prime too, so non-delivery is a non-issue. I guess I’ll pick Cortex Prime as my answer, because it came second and therefore Cam could use the experience from the Unknown Armies Kickstarter when running it.

RPGaDay 2017, Day 28: What film or series is the most frequent source of quotes in your group?

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RPGaDay is an annual celebration of tabletop roleplaying. This is the first year I’ve tried to do it.

What film or series is the most frequent source of quotes in your group?

Well, this is a bit of a cheat, but it’s probably The Lord of the Rings, purely because we’re playing a game of The One Ring at the moment. If I was in a Force and Destiny game, it’d probably be Star Wars. Outside of games we’re currently playing, I don’t know what series we quote most often. My groups have a lot of different tastes.

RPGaDay 2017, Day 27: What are your essential tools for good gaming?

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RPGaDay is an annual celebration of tabletop roleplaying. This is the first year I’ve tried to do it.

What are your essential tools for good gaming?

My essential tool for good gaming is the calendar app on my phone. I keep it strictly up-to-date whenever I make new plans, so I can always check my availability for gaming dates when we need to organise new sessions. It’s not a perfect system. Sometimes things come up unavoidably and sessions need to be rescheduled, but it’s much better than nothing at all.

My favourite app is Jorte Calendar. It has just the functionality I need and no more. I’m sure there is something out there that will suit your particular needs too.

RPGaDay 2017, Day 26: Which RPG provides the most useful resources?

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RPGaDay is an annual celebration of tabletop roleplaying. This is the first year I’ve tried to do it.

Which RPG provides the most useful resources?

Another vague question. Here I am defining a resource as something tangible that is not integral to the running of a game, but which can be used to improve the experience of play. Additonal rules from supplements and expansions are not resources because they are not tangible. Dice and other resolution mechanisms are not resources because they are integral to the running of a game, for instance. For that matter, so are the playbooks from Apocalypse World, the runner sheets from Psi*Run and the quest cards from Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine. I have to define the term so strictly because, if I don’t, I am not sure I could answer the question.

Given that I have defined the term so strictly, though, I’m going to pick Feng Shui 2, for the shot clock (initiative track), playmats and counters that were available through the original Kickstarter. It’s a real shame that you can’t buy these separately now that the Kickstarter is over, because I’m not sure how you’d go about running a Feng Shui 2 game without them.

RPGaDay 2017, Day 25: What is the best way to thank your GM?

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RPGaDay is an annual celebration of tabletop roleplaying. This is the first year I’ve tried to do it.

What is the best way to thank your GM?

I don’t know the best way to thank your GM, but here’s a handful off the top of my head:

  • Be friendly so that running a game for you is a pleasant experience.
  • Make it easy to schedule future games and don’t drop out at the last minute.
  • Give honest feedback.
  • Encourage the GM if they are interested in running more games.